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Beef & Spinach Gyros Recipe
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Beef & Spinach Gyros Recipe

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A gyro typically is made of meat, often lamb, roasted on a spit and served sandwich style in folded pita bread. It's topped with tomato, onion and a Greek-style yogurt. Tradition takes a slight twist with the use of ground beef, spinach and ripe olives. Opa! —Mary Johnson, Coloma, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 2 teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning, divided
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 6 pita breads (6 inches), halved
  • 12 lettuce leaves
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese

Nutritional Facts

2 filled pita halves with 1/4 cup sauce equals 453 calories, 18 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 1,027 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 28 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Add the spinach, onions, olives and 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper; heat through. Stir in tomato; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, mayonnaise and remaining lemon-pepper. Line pita halves with lettuce; fill with beef mixture and feta cheese. Serve with yogurt sauce. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Beef & Spinach Gyros in Taste of Home April/May 2012, p46

Nutritional Facts

2 filled pita halves with 1/4 cup sauce equals 453 calories, 18 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 1,027 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 28 g protein.

Reviews for Beef & Spinach Gyros

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Reviewed Oct. 24, 2014

"Very tasty. I used ground turkey and substituted onion powder for the green onions. I only added about half the can of olives. I did add the lemon pepper to taste and some garlic salt. The sauce and feta cheese really made this dish!"

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Reviewed May. 2, 2013

"Soo good! I omited and substituted some stuff cause of preference (onion powder instead of onions), no olives or lettuce. And I really dislike low fat mayo, I used regular. But everything else was the same. It was incredibly easy to make and just amazing! The sauce is to die for! The lemon pepper really gives it a boost! I salted the spinach as well, but just barely. Try this recipe!"

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Reviewed Nov. 26, 2012

"This is now a favorite in our house! I omit the lettuce because it doesnt really add anything, and add more lemon pepper seasoning than it calls for. Very easy and delicious!"

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Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"Oops. *meal --- lol."

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Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"Fantastic! Such a simple mean, yet delicious and filling. I didn't have any lemon pepper seasoning on hand, so I made my own with freshly cracked pepper and lemon juice straight from the lemon. It was flavorful and delicious. I chose whole wheat pita, and used fresh spinach instead of the lettuce (and of course the frozen spinach that was cooked.)

This is a great, quick, meal. You get your meat (I try to use organic, grass - fed as often as possible) you get some good stuff from the spinach, and if you use a good quality pita, you get the good carbs from the whole grain. This was another big hit at my house. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. Next time I might try using ground lamb!"

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